Capturing the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today and preserve it for future generations.

About the Listening Project The British Library Sound Archive


We are asking people up and down the country to share their thoughts and feelings in a recorded conversation with a loved one or relative. What you talk about is up to you.


The nation in conversation

Adventure in the Blood: Adie and Ruth

Adventure in the Blood: Adie and Ruth

Station: BBC Radio Leicester

A mother and son discuss their mutual love of travel and adventure.

We had to go where the work was: Kenneth and Patricia

We had to go where the work was: Kenneth and Patricia

Station: BBC Radio Scotland

Kenneth and Patricia reflect on difficult times in Pakistan, shortly after Partition.

Trains and tears - Phyliss and Freda

Trains and tears - Phyliss and Freda

Station: BBC Radio Devon

Phyliss and Freda were evacuees. They reflect on trains, tears and their mothers’ choices.

Itchy Feet: Ian and Judith

Itchy Feet: Ian and Judith

Station: BBC Radio Leeds

Ian wants to go around the world on his motorbike again, how does Judith feel about it?

Men of metal - Richard and Mark

Men of metal - Richard and Mark

Station: BBC Radio Devon

Metal detectorists Mark and Richard find history. Can they also make their own?

Make-Up Matters – Karen and Sheila

Make-Up Matters – Karen and Sheila

Station: BBC Radio Devon

Karen and Sheila are glamour girls with sight loss. What do they see in the mirror?

A mountain to climb: Jade and Roger

A mountain to climb: Jade and Roger

Station: BBC Radio Leeds

Roger gave Jade her first ever job after hearing her talk about conquering Mont Blanc.

Double Exposure: Hal and Nats

Double Exposure: Hal and Nats

Station: BBC Radio Cumbria

A nude model and her photographer find their session uniquely revealing.

Boarding school beginnings: Adrian and Christopher

Boarding school beginnings: Adrian and Christopher

Station: BBC Radio Ulster

A father and son discuss the impact being sent to boarding school has had on their lives.

Pen to Paper: Abbe & Eyal

Pen to Paper: Abbe & Eyal

Station: BBC Radio Wales

Young backpackers, Abbe and Eyal, kept in touch for two years by letter.

Rory's Garden: Stephanie & Toby

Rory's Garden: Stephanie & Toby

Station: BBC Radio Wales

Stephanie & Toby share very happy memories of their son, Rory, who died at the age of 14.

Roger and Cal: Catch me when you fall down

Roger and Cal: Catch me when you fall down

Station: BBC Radio Ulster

Cal is running away with the circus and dad Roger knows it's the right choice

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Artwork for BBCLP: 20 JUL 14: Sunday Omnibus

BBCLP: 20 JUL 14: Sunday Omnibus

20 Jul 2014

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